View Full Version : An anecdote for 'Boo lovers
12-22-08, 06:28 PM
"Alfred W. Miller, known to all as Sparse Grey Hackle, and known for the fine H.L. Leonard and Garrison split bamboo fly rods he fished, was not a fan of modern fly rod technology. Sparse, one fellow member joked recently at the Angler's Club, when are you going to fish fiberglass? The old man took a thoughtful swallow of straight Laphroaig, a special pot-still whiskey so strong it numbs the tongue. I'll fish fiberglass, Sparse muttered behind his steel rimmed spectacles, the morning after some concertmaster plays a concerto at Carnegie Hall on a plastic violin!"
- Ernest G. Schwiebert, "Trout" - 1975
12-22-08, 09:02 PM
PS: I just happen to have some Laphroaig scotch! Think I will have some now!
12-22-08, 09:34 PM
Here's one of my favorites Chuck:
"It's idiotic you thought, to spend hundreds of dollars on a fine rig that you're afraid to use. And now you're pleased: the wood rod casts beautifully and through it you can almost feel the heartbeats of the small trout. When you stop for lunch you lean it very carefully against the springy branches of a short blue spruce."
from Trout Bum by John Gierach
12-23-08, 06:42 AM
I love it!
01-28-09, 04:40 PM
Not Lagavulin, huh. I guess Leap Frog will do... :)
01-28-09, 06:47 PM
Not downing the legand but any one who drinks Laphroaig has got to be goofy. The only whiskey allowed in the US during the banning of alchol. Tastes medicinal but trades well. Buck, I have a small amount of 30 some year Macallen for trade. :cheers: TRW
01-28-09, 08:22 PM
Tastes medicinal but trades well. Buck, I have a small amount of 30 some year Macallen for trade. :cheers: TRW
Well, the Laphroaig we bartared for last time was 15 years old, so I'm figurin you gonna be wanting twice as many flies for the 30 year old stuff. Name your price old man and I will meet you at the usual Acworth Speak-Easy for the handoff. Yeah, you know the place I'm talking about! :)
01-28-09, 11:06 PM
Laphroaig smells like band-aids. Take a sniff, you'll see what I mean. Very peaty.
01-29-09, 07:53 AM
Yep, you can definitely taste the dirt! A hearty concoction to say the least and one that I enjoy with a good stout maduro wrapped cigar. Man, life is good!
Not that Buck needs help here, but I've keep a bottle of Laphroaig in my place downstream from Cucarachafly. It's only the 10-year-old stuff, but sometimes you just need an Islay to get really philosophical after coming inoff the water and reflecting on what went well and what needs work. It does have it's some aroma that's an acquired taste to be sure, but the fellow who introduced me to it was a very special man, and I toast him everytime I lift a glass.
All that said, it doesn't have the flavor or complexity of Lagavulin. (Sorry Buck!)
01-29-09, 09:11 AM
I have no personal experience with what you all are talking about but maybe this year at the bamboo gathering I can find out. :cheers:
01-30-09, 06:23 AM
Where's "Who Shot John"
Gunne, get in here!!!
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